My Photography Adventure in Vic Falls and Chobe National Park
Recently my colleagues and I travelled to Victoria Falls and the Chobe National Park to refresh our knowledge of the area and see the hotels and lodges we haven’t visited before. It was my second time visiting these areas and they have now firmly established themselves as two of my favourite Southern African destinations.
Upon arrival on the Botswana side we were met by our friendly driver and continued into the Chobe National Park for a short game drive and a day of hotel site inspections. The Chobe is amazing, with an abundance of Game, large animal herds and of course the Chobe Elephants. This area of Botswana boasts with the largest amount of Elephants in all of Africa, approximately 100,000 individuals. My first time in the Park, we went out on the Chobe River and I sat in awe watching them gathering on the shores of the river, big and small, being playful and drinking from the river, there is definitely nothing like it and a highlight of my trip.
This time around I experienced another first. After a long day of site inspections, which leaves one rather tired, we were met by the friendly staff of Pangolin Photography. I’m a bit of an amateur photographer myself, so this was something I was really looking forward to. The crew at Pangolin offers guests a photographic opportunity and a way to experience the rich animal life of the Chobe River. Their custom built boat comes equipped with eight swivel seats, stands for the professional SLR NIKON cameras they have available and even cup holders for your drinks while you snapping away. They offer professional advice and assistance for you to capture that perfect shot of a fish eagle taking flight, an elephant trumpeting or the hippos sunning themselves on the many little islands in the river. Pangolin has developed a range of multiple day photographic safaris and workshops in Chobe and one day photo tours to suit every level.
This photographic excursion with Pangolin really gives one the opportunity to experience and view the time you spend on the Chobe River in a totally different way and definitely enhances your experience of the river. As a memory to take home with you, they will copy all your pictures to disk as a reminder of your time in this beautiful part of Southern Africa.
After 2 days in Chobe National Park, we transferred across the border to Zambia and onwards to Victoria Falls. The border crossing in itself was a fun adventure. I love African land border crossings, it’s so rural (for lack of a better word) and unlike the international arrivals halls of the larger airports. It definitely gives one the feel that you are in Africa.
I believe that Victoria Falls, being a World Heritage Site should be included in every Southern African Travel itinerary. It’s a mere short 2 hour flight from Johannesburg and well worth the trip to any visitor. People often make the mistake of thinking they should just spend one day in the town – see the victoria falls and fly back but I recommend at least 2-3 nights in this little African town. There is so much to do and enjoy besides seeing the splendour of the falls, it’s not known as the Adventure Capital of the South for no reason.
One of my absolute favourite activities was the Elephant Back Safari. I did the early morning option and it was a great way to start the day, slowly moving through the bush on the back of the elephant. As we were returning to the lodge where we started, my colleagues were returning from their Lion Encounter that definitely seemed very exciting as well. For additional activities please have a look at the following page, Victoria Falls Activities